Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Ten things I learned from the son

The son turned perfect 10. That's a decade all together! I have 2 out of 3 kids in the official double digit age now. Yes, significant sign of me aging too.

The second born, my first son is highly special in his own ways. While running his own temperament and distinct traits that send me to an exasperated end at times, I've learned to be patient by overcoming and accepting who he is as an individual. It did seem that I have been on the teaching and giving end all these years to the children, but as they grow, there are more that I've learned than imparted from the kids. 

Every birthday is a discovery of reflection. The last birthday dedicated post was when he was 6. If I'm not wrong. And this time, I'll share what the second born has taught me:

1. To laugh over the little things in life. Laughter has no boundary. It's always interesting watching him laugh over the slightest humour of conversations and movie scenes.

2. Affection is one we cannot see from outside. It is often through trials and tribulations that we see how he stands in the gap for the family. He is also one who never forgets the bedtime hugs, kisses and "I love you."

3. Responsibility comes demonstrated in the least unexpected. At times when I thought task cannot be handled by him, he exemplified it. Trust is all he needs at times.

4. Lower or manage expectations in trade for happiness by accepting his level of ability and capability. He is not a constant comparison to his siblings.

5. Clothes are worn not to impress. This boy wears clothes according to their usefulness regardless the occasions. Perhaps a good gauge of what comfort is.   

6. Be curious about everything! He would experiment, explore and dismantle stuff just to satisfy that urge of curiosity. It's only with curiosity that we can take in new discoveries and knowledge.

7. Children take promises very seriously. He gets really upset when we delay or break a promise. I've learned to make promises less casually and more specifically.

8. Pretend no one is watching. He dances and grooves even with strange public eyes on him. He is impervious to embarrassment. When you are constantly conscious, you will only hold back in fear.

9. Never down and out. While he may be sad and frustrated at times, he gets over it real quick! That's such a good tip in keeping mood and emotion in check. 

10. Judgement cannot harm you. He is absolutely not bothered and carefree when it comes to living life. He's rarely bothered about what others think or talk about.

Ten learning points from the son who turned 10. Growth is fast and furious, all I can pray for in another decade is for him to grow into a fine young man. A responsible, kind, dependable and of course, a knowledgeable one. 

Happy 10th Birthday, son! Stay cheerful always.  



Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Chinese New Year Goodies - Wang Lai Bakery

The transition of Christmas to Chinese New Year is always a vast one. It is an early reminder of not leaving preparations to the very last minute. The buying of Chinese New Year goodies have been made convenient along the years with online order and delivery. Here's one we tried and recommend, Wang Lai Bakery. Established in 1968, it has been a popular confectionery booth in Chinatown that specialises in traditional Chinese goodies.

Preserving traditional recipes for 4 generations in the family, extraordinary efforts have been taken to constantly tweak and improve the family recipes to be as close as possible to perfection. Each goodie piece is lovingly handcrafted with plenty of attention given to every single detail of its construction. We love how authentic it tastes without the intervention of machinery to produce these goodies. No preservatives too!

Goodies from Wang Lai Bakery

Considering how great tasting they are, their goodies are very affordably priced. I like how they claim using only premium quality ingredients and yet, keeping prices considerate without prioritising on profits. This is the true joy of Chinese New Year, isn't it?!

Here are the goodies sent to us and we love every tub of it!

1. Premium love letter (yuan yang pandan) 
2. Melt in your mouth open face pineapple tarts
3.  Premium Prawn rolls
4.  Melt in your mouth almond cookies 
5.  Melt in your mouth pineapple tarts
6. Premium chocolate and peanut butter love letter
7.  Melt in your mouth kuih bangkit

There wasn't any snack that we particularly disliked, they were all good to taste. But I am definitely one who enjoys open faced tarts over the closed ones. Oh, the premuim yuan yang pandan love letter stole my heart too, a lovely mix of pandan and original love letters. The colours mix were just pleasing to the eyes too. It seems out of stock on their website for now, hope it gets a restock soon.

Let the feasting begin!

And of course, if you are on a low calories count Chinese New Year, you may want to go strict with chocolate and peanut butter love letter. As much as I love it, I had to limit myself to just 1 piece per flavour. The thick layer of chocolate and peanut butter sandwich between the love letter made it so yummy! If you find this way to detrimental to your waist line, share it with your guests!

Enjoy early Bird Promotion of 30% off all Goodies when you preorder before 31 January 2021! Free delivery for orders above $100. $10 delivery fee for orders below $100, or $20 for express delivery within 60 minutes. 

Self collection is also available at:
20 Sin Ming Lane, Midview City, #03-58, S573968

 

Looks like we are all set for Chinese New Year. We hope you are too!

All ready for CNY!
 

GIVEAWAY

Heap Thanks to Wang Lai Bakery, we have a set of CNY Goodies bundle to giveaway! Winner will choose any 6 bottles of goodies in this bundle. Hop over to our Instagram, @mumscallingblog to participate. 

Giveaway closes 27 Jan 21, 2359hrs.


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Thursday, 7 January 2021

Avocado Pasta Recipe with Perfect Earth

I made this avocado pasta dish when we were residing in the states many years ago, where avocados were abundantly good and cheap. Recreated this dish yesterday, with organic pasta packs from Forever Young

Totally in love with their variety of healthy pasta choices consisting of chia rice pasta, chia pad thai pasta and rice pasta. 

Perfect Earth pasta, Eclipse muesli, honey and chia seeds from Forever young

Perfect Earth gluten-free pasta is made from one of the most nutritious, organic rice varieties. With the added health benefits of chia seeds, this healthy alternative to conventional pasta offers omega-3 essentials, proteins, antioxidants and manganese, so you can eat your delicious pasta meal guilt-free! It delivers the kind of taste and eating enjoyment you love in traditional pasta without the gluten. Nothing is added aside from rice and water, and chia for their chia Pasta.

For a cautious start, I picked the brown rice pasta (without chia seeds) for the kids. A super easy recipe that requires no cooking at all! And because there's lemon, the avocado pasta will not turn brown after some time. Lemon prevents the oxidation process. 

Assembling the ingredients

Recipe 

  • 1 packet of Perfect Earth brown rice pasta (225g)
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of parsley
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 

1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions, 6 to 9 minutes. Remove and drain well. 

2. Skin avocados. Combine avocados with parsley, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil in the bowl of a food processor. Blend till creamy. Season with salt and pepper.

3. In a large bowl. Add in pasta, tomatoes and the avocado sauce. Toss and coat pasta with the sauce. Serve! 

And if you are one mama like me, needing to add that protein into the kids' meal, you may grill some chicken or beef for add on. I did beef for the kids. 

 

Ready for blend

Season with salt and pepper


With the protein - beef

 Here's our eager boy wanting to dive into his pasta soon.

The plate is small, not that his head is huge

Have a try and let me know how it goes. For now, hop over to our Instagram handle, where we are running a giveaway of 4 pasta packs and 1 muesli. Giveaway ends 14 Jan 2021, 2359hrs.

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